Friday, June 18, 2021

AutoGyro Cavalon, N46JS: Accident occurred June 16, 2021 in Collinsville, Grayson County, Texas

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fort Worth, Texas

Location: Collinsville, Texas
Accident Number: CEN21LA276
Date and Time: June 16, 2021, 17:30 Local 
Registration: N46JS
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On June 16, 2021, about 1730 central daylight time, amateur-built Cavalon gyroplane, N46JS, was substantially damage when it was involved in an accident near Collinsville, Texas. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The gyroplane was operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight.

According to a statement provided by the pilot, he had departed the North Texas Regional Airport (KGYI), Denison, Texas, about 1715 and was en route to Weatherford, Texas. While at 2,500 ft, the gyroplane began losing airspeed and altitude. The pilot attempted to restore engine power but was unable to do so. He performed a forced landing to a cow pasture. During the landing, the main rotor system was substantially damaged.

The gyroplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: SCOTT VALDEZ
Registration: N46JS
Model/Series: CAVALON 
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KGLE,839 ft msl 
Observation Time: 17:35 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 34°C /17°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 140°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Denison, TX (KGYI) 
Destination: Weatherford, TX (KWEA)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 33.560523,-96.915036 (est)

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